Jalen Hurts is Eagles’ backup QB vs. Rams; Nate Sudfeld inactive


Rookie Jalen Hurts is the Eagles’ backup quarterback for Sunday afternoon against the Rams.

Hurts is active on Sunday, while Nate Sudfeld is inactive without an injury. Hurts has been promoted. 

Last week, Hurts was inactive for the season opener. All summer, Doug Pederson claimed Sudfeld was the second-string quarterback but Sudfeld and Hurts split reps during training camp.

It’s very possible the Eagles have some packages for the second-round pick in the game plan for Sunday.

During the week, Pederson was asked if Hurts would need to be a part of the game plan to be active.

“No,” Pederson said. “I think that's a week-to-week discussion that we have as far as the backup quarterbacks. You'd love to have all three quarterbacks up. We had Nate up this past weekend, and we make those determinations on really, injuries, and where we are as a team moving forward.

“But I would say that if he were up, he doesn't necessarily have to be a part of the game plan in any specific way.”

Here are the Eagles’ inactive players for Sunday’s game:

  • Alshon Jeffery (foot)
  • Nate Sudfeld
  • Jason Huntley
  • Genard Avery
  • Jamon Brown
  • Sua Opeta

Meanwhile, Derek Barnett, who came into today listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, is active and will make play against the Rams this afternoon.

That means that four key Eagles are making their season debuts in Week 2: 

  • Derek Barnett (hamstring)
  • Miles Sanders (hamstring)
  • Lane Johnson (ankle) 
  • Javon Hargrave (pectoral, hamstring)  

All four players missed the opener last week as the Eagles tried to remain cautious as they return from their injuries. All four are projected starters for the Birds.


Barnett and Hargrave came into training camp with their injuries and missed every practice this summer. Barnett was a full participant all week and was expected to make his debut even though he was listed as questionable. Hargrave began the week as a limited participant but ended it as a full participant.

Sanders said he could have played last week but the team decided to be a little more cautious with his hamstring injury. The Eagles are expecting big things for Sanders in 2020.

Johnson tried to play last week but the swelling in his ankle was still too great. Johnson had a tightrope procedure done on his ankle a few weeks ago. He said all week that he was going to play against the Rams.

In addition to those four, Brandon Graham (concussion) is also active and playing on Sunday. Graham cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol but had to be listed as questionable. The fact that he’s active means he didn’t show any concussion symptoms this weekend.

Interesting to see Genard Avery inactive. That means Casey Toohill will make his NFL debut. 

Cornerback Trevor Williams, who was elevated from the practice squad on Saturday, is active.